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Crossfire host S.E. Cupp asks Mo Elleithee, the Communications Director of the Democratic National Committee, if liberals see President Obama as a liability on the campaign trail.
GOP moving on immigration?
Host Stephanie Cutter asks Sean Spicer, Communications Director of the Republican National Committee, how far the is GOP willing to move on immigration reform.
Are Republicans embarrassed of Jesus? I don't mean the Corporate CEO Jesus who is chauffeured around in a stretch Limo wearing a trump-like wig convincing his followers that what's good for multinational corporations and ultra rich sociopaths is what's best for the poor and middleclass. I mean the other one. The real one. The one who healed the sick. The one who found fault with the hypocrites and self righteous that were so quick to demonize and stone others. The Jesus who said that next to loving God - the most important command is to love your neighbor as yourself. If you love your neighbor as yourself you will not allow him to have a lower measure of healthcare than you have (or go without). You won't allow him to live in a dump while you live in luxury. You will do what you can to fix it. Despite Republican opposition – President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and others have put in place the framework to fix it. The Affordable care act will save the lives of thousands and so many others from living in pain and sickness.
Amen, James. Say it louder!
No, we are, however, incredibly embarrassed by this Whitehouse – what a disgrace Barry and Michy are to the office of presidency of the United States of America. Impeachment is way overdue. The audacity of their endless spending on vacations while 11% – that's right 11% not the under-reported nonsense of 6.5% of Americans are out of work because of Obamas deplorable tactics to destroy America. He is getting his way – this is what he wants, and that wife – who does she think she is spending taxpayer money on her friends for vacations. The two of them are a joke. And her mother lives at the Whitehouse? On our dime? Unbelievable!
One cannot be 'embarrassed of'. One is embarrassed by something or someone.
Democrats are embarrassed? They should get down on their knees and beg forgiveness for the likes of Barry Butthead, the Hairy Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, gawds, where do ya STOP?! The nation our Founding Fathers built with their blood and their lives has been destroyed by Democrats and what we now have is either an oligarcy or simply a fascist government – either way, its being presided over by a tyrant whose origins are unknown, motivation uncertain and allegiance in question.
As a Democrat whose voted Republican since Jimmy Carter – you betcha I'm "disappointed". Frustrated and angry doesn't describe how the Party of FDR/JFK could have been "pushed" (much less "led") this far "ubber-left". Turning this nation into a Progressive Socialistic Clone of the worst of the Eurpean Left-Wing Liberal (Think "strongly" Communist) countries.
The nightmare isn't over yet. With 3 more years of the same, with no movement toward the middle of the political spectrum demonstrated by Bill Clinton, Prez. Obama and his band of merry men, will get nowhere. Gridlock is here. The barn door will be bolted tight after the Mid-Term Elections, and there will be no chance for him to recover any vestige of what he had hoped would be "his legacy". I will give him this: He will go down as the worst President in modern history ahead of Jimmy Carter.
That’s pretty funny Tom. I mean the "Democrat who has voted Republican" for 30 years claim. Maybe you were actually a Republican all along. FDR and JFK were criticized the same as Obama, but the Birchers hadn't grown to own so much of the media back then. Characterizing policies that help working people as "ultra left" or "socialist" didn't get so much play as they do now. The recession of the late 70s (Carter) was very mild compared to that inflicted on taxpayers by the SL bailout that followed the Reagan deregulation or the economic cataclysm that followed 8 years of Bush and the Republicans. So it's rather puzzling why you would be so down on his policies. One would think that a devout Democrat such as yourself would pick up on those little subtleties. I do wish Carter had agreed to trade arms for hostages like Reagan. He could have had them released instead of standing on some obscure principle like not negotiating with terrorists.
You know what's the FUNNIEST. THING. EVER? Everyone thought that the TVA and Social Security put in place under FDR will herald full blown COMMUNISM!!! Oh wait...that didn't happen now did it?
In other words, you are an uneducated fool that should not blabber about what "ubber-left" is when you probably do not even know what living in a socialistic country is like. I do, it is wonderful. So kindly, piss off.
WHY is it repuks constantly TRY and make my President look like GW Bush?
The incompetent O minions would vote for this oaf again? Too funny.
Really embarrassed ??? THE WHOLE US of A IS EMBARRASSED, When your potus is awarded BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR, that pretty much covers the embarrassment part.
The very question is symptomatic of how shallow and trivial our political discourse has become. Pseudo journalists of this kind have no business shaping the political dialogue. We need a serious, responsible, mature exchange of ideas, not this charade. And aswering your stupid Fox-like question
: Why should anyone be ashamed of a billiant man, who defends our highest values of justice for all, stands by his principles and is, in every sense of the word, a true gentleman?
Because you are one of the very few who holds him in such high regard. Many Dems are distancing themselves from him in the same manner many Repubs distanced themselves from Bush in 2008. I don't think anyone thinks Obama is as dim a bulb as Bush, but there are very few who see him as a champion of American virtue. At best, he is a more eloquent, but equally inept leader. When your approval ratings are hovering around 40% and your signature domestic policy is in shambles and massively unpopular, a Democratic candidate in a moderate district is wise to distance themselves from you. Unfortunately for most of them, it will be too little too late. The GOP is poised to take the Senate and make Obama's last two years even less productive than his first six. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if a leader is unable (or in Obama's case, unwilling) to get his opposition to the table to negotiate, he isn't much of a leader. Clinton overcame FAR MORE obstruction, facing a GOP that actually IMPEACHED him, and still managed to work with Gingrich and the GOP led House to accomplish a number of significant things. Reagan worked with and even befriended his ideological nemesis, Tip O'Neal. Obama's arrogance and refusal to work with the opposition is his own shortcoming. Any rhetoric about "unprecedented obstruction" and a hostile Congress is irrelevant. The measure of a leader is simple. Can he lead. Clearly Obama cannot, whether you attribute that to his opposition or to him is of little consequence.
Well said, Greg!!!! I couldn't agree with you more- you're very well informed!
Obama is a failure under every measure of the man.
Where do you live? Where have you been living? This is not new journalism. This has been going on forever. The media outlets are not here to do anything but put out a product that raises revenues for commercial sales. They are not here for truth in news. They are here to get the largest audience they can to maximize commercial sales dollars. What are you looking for
I would vote for Obama for another term if it was possible.
And many of us are with you, Fox urban legends notwithstaning.
Interesting. I would suspect that you're on the receiving end of the forced redistributions
On the receiving end of higher premiums and higher deductible. For what purpose, the CBO has already stated that when Obama care if fully implemented there will between 20-30 million people without healthcare.
If Obama has really dropped the ball on anything it's that he seems to have trusted the GOP to work with him on something like the traditional level of cooperation. The GOP went full Rove a long time ago. It has basically nothing to do with helping the country. It's just a brand, a path to power for its own sake.
He seems to give the benefit of the doubt to a party that has erased all doubt about where they stand. I'm not entirely sure what he could have done differently. If we had a press corps that wasn't half in the tank for the GOP and the other half always looking for equivalencies, the country may have come to realize the destructive nature of today's GOP and forced them to change at that voting booth. Instead, they can harpoon efforts to run the government all the while screaming that Obama isn't running the government and the press reports about what a "bad year Obama had." It's nuts.
Obama made it clear early into his first term that he was unwilling to even meet with GOP legislators. He told them, in his own words, "you can come along for the ride but you'll have to sit in the back". The GOP response (which is wrongly cited as taking place after his inauguration) was to say the GOP's goal would be "to make Obama a one term President". Look up that quote from McConnel and look at the rest of it, and it's context. It was in response to Obama refusing to meet with the GOP when the Dems held the majority in the House and Senate. It was almost two years into his first term, shortly before the 2010 GOP sweep of the House. Obama has NEVER shown any interest in working with the opposition party, which has been his own undoing. Instead of inviting them to participate in the government they were elected to help run, he shut them out and ignored them. In return they have obstructed him at every opportunity. His own hubris brought this about. Regardless of whether you believe this, or buy the official DNC party talking points about an extremist , obstructionist GOP, the fact remains. He CANNOT lead. We elected these "extremists and obstructionists" to represent us. As Obama likes to point out, elections have consequences. The GOP, whether you like them or not, won the right to be heard, and have every right to wield whatever power that position grants them. Instead of trying to bridge that partisan divide like Clinton or Reagan did, he chooses to drive the wedge deeper by saying he will bypass them altogether. Is it any wonder that less than 40% of the country still believes in him?
Hillary won't be so magnanimous... and that's why they are acting so scared.
Both parties have dropped the ball on Immigration reform. The Dems are afraid of retribution if the go hard and the Repubs are afraid if they go too soft. They are Illegal Immigrants. They should be held accountable for that. However, we should handle things on a case by case basis. While they were here were they productive members of society? Did they break criminal laws? Did they pay taxes? Or were they a complete drain and a parasite? Punish them according to who they were/are while they are here.
Of course they are but they'll obviously never admit it.
Remember people party first, American people........................
YES.... and they WILL lose the senate as they ALL voted for Obamacare!
Obama basically declared that he will be King of the United States by abusing his executive power. The US was a shining beacon in the world because we threw off the shackles of tyranny when we won the American Revolution and showed the world that we would not be ruled by a Tyrannical King! The government has a "checks and balances" system for that reason...so that one person cannot hold too much power. Looked at the TV in shock and disbelief when Obama basically declared himself King and the people cheered. What fools! Fearful for the direction our country is going in.
Executive orders per year for most recent presidents.
Bush #1: 41.5
Bush #2: 36.4
Presidents use executive orders to get things done through the executive branch. Obama has been one of the more hesitant presidents in this area. He has said on many issues that past presidents used executive orders on that he'd rather congress address the issue in a lasting way then put an executive order "patch" on it that the next president could then undo.
But he's given up on Congress at this point and announced he'd instead do what past presidents have done and use the executive order to address what he's legally allowed to do instead of waiting for a congressed that is blocked by the House from doing pretty much anything.
He's used the least number of executive orders per year since Grover Cleveland. And of course the GOP claims he's using the process to bypass congress and act like a dictator. And the media doesn't call them on it because they're either not smart enough to research their imbecilic claims... or else they just don't care.
""He has said on many issues that past presidents used executive orders on that he'd rather congress address the issue in a lasting way then put an executive order "patch" on it that the next president could then undo."
Through the GOP filter this equals: "Obama's a dictator!"
That said, I still rather see him get some things done if only temporary. Let the American people take the GOP to task when they attempt to unwind popular measures Obama has taken.
You're stupid because you're conservative.
@Dinkfus bravo, and right there is an example of how dictators think and act.
If you have to ask the question, then you already know the answer.
I'm not at embarrassed by our President. I am glad he's finally taking action to go around Congress, since the Republicans, by and large, refuse to cooperate.
Here are my thoughts on Congressman Grimm:
Grim acted glum when he should have kept mum;
Don't act like a thug when called on the rug;
Then turn on the charm when CNN sounded the alarm;
Nor blame the Marines or ancestry;
Simply take responsibility;
Isn't that a talking point for the GOP?
We STILL need to Stop ILLEGAL immigration!
They're not just doing jobs that Americans don't want. (And I'm not talking about migrant workers, which is obviously not the problem) Do they pay state and federal income taxes? Don't get me wrong most of these people work hard, but are a drain on the system if they don't pay income taxes, have healthcare coverage, learn the language or get paid wages that are in line with their American counterparts. We all know that the health care provided to uninsured illegals here in the states is being averaged into our hospital costs and our insurance premiums, which have PROPORTIONATELY increased along with illegal immigration over the last 20 years? These costs are also being passed along to Medicaid and Medicare, which means that not only are they increasing our insurance premiums, but that we're paying for them again with our tax dollars. Our tax dollars and insurance premiums should not be used to recoup the cost of healthcare given to illegal aliens, who shouldn't even be here in our country in the first place.
Just look around and you'll see who's doing 90% of the residential renovations, construction and property maintenance jobs. That's certainly what we're seeing in the northeast. These are not just jobs that Americans don't want.
The hiring of cheap illegal labor causes a chain reaction. The contractors who hire cheap, uninsured, non-income-taxpaying, ILLEGAL aliens undercut the contractors who hire US Citizens or Legal immigrants. Even if the contractor wants to continue to employ US Citizens or Legal tax-paying immigrants, they end up replacing their Legal employees with illegals just to be able to get the work. Unfortunately unions and the old "that's not my job" union attitudes here in the USA have also contributed to this problem.
Also when these Non-income-tax-paying Illegal Aliens take American Citizens jobs they also are taking away the income tax revenue that those working American Citizens would be providing to our government. In addition, the American Citizens who have their jobs taken away by these Illegal Aliens then have to be paid unemployment and usually have no healthcare insurance either because they can't afford COBRA, which adds even more to our deficit and further increases our healthcare costs.
Let's face it – Over the last 2-3 decades, both parties have been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.
I run a business that does it the right way and employs 20 US Citizens and 1 Legal Immigrant and I believe that the use of Workplace Raids is a perfectly realistic way to put a stop to this BS. Plus we should publish the results of these workplace raids and fines to the public, so American Citizens and customers could see which companies are employing illegals.
Let's get the good productive illegal immigrants into the system and paying federal and state income tax or get them out and NOT Let Any More Come In unless they come in as Legal Immigrants. Make them apply for legal visas and or U.S. citizenship and if they don't, then get them out. If they get rejected get them out or give them one quick appeal and if they still get rejected, then get them out. And let's send the bad ILLEGAL Aliens back to where they came in and let's STOP ANYMORE ILLEGAL ALIENS from getting in.
I also think we should start using our military to Start Keeping ILLEGAL Aliens Out.
How About Hiring some of our Unemployed Veterans as Additional Border Patrol Officers, ICE and INS agents?
ps: Most illegal aliens are paid off the books and if they're employer says that they're deducting income tax they're lying. And the few that are being paid on the books, using fake IDs, claim a huge number of dependents, etc................ And could you or I get away with not filling income tax returns? And what about the ballsy ones that do file and claim a ridiculous amount of deductions to get big refunds. There are even sleazy accounts that specialize in helping them game the system.
No we are not embarressed of Mr. Obama we are embarrassed of the dem. senators that have sucked on the GOP salami
and have given in on the GOP´s resolve to punish returning veterans . The GOP thinks it´s shameful that these
veterans have survived Iraq and Afghanistan and are now a burden on their pocketbooks
Boy oh boy, are you way out in left field on that jumble of words..
The parties are not equal. Apathy is the quickest way to ensure that the same self-serving benchwarmers in Congress their re-election.
Are Republicans embarrassed of calling themselves Republicans? More and more call themselves independents.
From the L.A. Times (January 8, 2014):
"The latest evidence .... comes from an annual analysis of polling by Gallup. Based on 18,000 voter interviews that its pollsters conducted in 2013, Gallup found that 42% of Americans now call themselves 'independent,' a record high.
The current figure caps a fairly steady rise since 2004 in the percentage of Americans identifying as independent, Gallup finds. Other major surveys have found generally similar results.
Most of the increase in independents nationwide has come at the expense of Republicans, Gallup and others have found. The share of Americans calling themselves Republican has dropped to one in four, down from one in three at its peak in 2004, Gallup’s figures show. The current figure is the lowest Republican share since 1983.
The share of Americans who identify as Democrats has fluctuated up and down, but within a much smaller band. In Gallup’s polling, the Democratic share has stayed in the mid-to-low 30% range over the past generation. Democratic party identification blipped up to a high of 36% in 2008, presaging Barack Obama’s election as president, then dropped back down to around 31% over the first two years of his tenure and has stayed at that level."
Real Democrats, yes. Phony Democrats no clue.
nothing worse than a bunch of fair weather friends and wimps. As az z backwards as the right tends to be at least they have grit.
Are Dems embarrassed of Obama? No. Silly question. Hire some real political analysts, CNN.
Very disappointing speech – Not one single real idea, plan or even any mention of how we need to put sensible measures in place to protect American jobs and or incentives that could be provided to return jobs to Tax-Paying American Citizens in the private sector. Just more empty rhetoric.
The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.
Unfortunately most of our politicians are joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.
It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral BS, which get's most voters so caught up in the BS that they lose sight of the bigger picture.
We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.
Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?
All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.
But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)
Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.
The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.
The American people need American leaders who will start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.
Aren't there at least a handful of these powerful puppet-masters that are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and loyalty to America and their fellow Americans to start trying to turn this trend around?
If there aren't any, we're screwed.
The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.
The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "outsourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.
Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.
The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the potential of a prosperous or even decent future.
It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down domestic prices and wages.
That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.
Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.
Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.
The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.
They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!
EVERY Democrat wants a KING !!!
What is there to be embarrassed about !!!
The president needs to back off the campaign trail. The people he needs to be campaigning to by speeches and talking to are the republicans, the democrats, the senator, and the congress. These are the only people who are going to make at the top something happen. He can speak of his lungs in any public place but the publics not the ones who get to make the changes happen. We only get a voice. Millions are being spent on campaigns when he's talking to the wrong people. He needs to keep his voice in D.C. These campaigns are a waste of time and money. He's already the president!
Tired talking points..
It is about time Obama stood up to the GOP. I'm sick and tired of them holding this country hostage as they've done for the last 6 years. Go Obama!
LOL.... More like.... Leave Obama!
Umm... dems had control of the house and the senate during the first two years of your savior's presidency... remember???
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