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Obama State of the Union lands with a thud in Congress

4:25 pm - 02/13/2013
That went nowhere fast.



President Obama laid out nearly two dozen proposals, promises, and calls for Congress to act Tuesday night in his fourth State of the Union address. But his speech was met by a brick wall of Republican opposition.

"An opportunity to bring the country together instead became another retread of lip service and liberalism,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said. “For a Democratic president entering his second term, it was simply unequal to the moment.”

Despite President Obama’s subtle reference to wanting to reform Medicare during the State of the Union address, McConnell accused Obama of catering to his base, and dismissed the speech as “pedestrian” and “liberal boilerplate.”

“Following four years of this president's unwillingness to challenge liberal dogma, we got more of the same,” McConnell said.

That echoed House Speaker John Boehner’s charge yesterday that the president didn’t have “the guts” to challenge his base and make spending cuts to fix the budget.

Asked if Democrats on the Hill would be willing to entertain cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said on MSNBC Wednesday, “Absolutely not.”

McConnell rejected Obama’s call for increased infrastructure spending and his push on climate change, instead noting that Obama didn’t mention the Keystone Pipeline or coal, which he called “proven and reliable.”

"The president spoke about energy infrastructure but didn't mention the Keystone pipeline,” McConnell said. “He chose the nation's biggest stage to promote something that's inefficient and costly, like solar panels, instead of something that's proven and reliable - and domestically produced - like coal.”

McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) also dismissed Obama’s call to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour. It’s something Obama said was necessary given that someone working full time at $7.25 an hour, the current minimum wage, would only make $14,500 a year. The minimum wage has been flat since 2009.

"He spoke of workers' minimum wages, instead of their maximum potential,” McConnell said.

“When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it,” Boehner told reporters Wednesday. “At a time when American people are asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people.”

He added, “Our goal is to get people on that ladder and help them climb that ladder so they can live the American dream. And a lot of people who are being paid the minimum wage, are being paid that because they come to the workforce with no skills, and this makes it harder for them to acquire the skills they need in order to climb that ladder
successfully.”

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shipperx 13th-Feb-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Translation:
Sure he won the election but if he won't do things like the guy who LOST, we'll hold our breaths until we turn blue!

Oh, Obama, why won't you do things the way the guy who lost your opposition wants you to?


Edited at 2013-02-13 10:11 pm (UTC)
crooked_halo 14th-Feb-2013 04:24 am (UTC)
I was just going to make a comment similar to this one! Seriously though.


“Following four years of this president's unwillingness to challenge liberal dogma, we got more of the same,” McConnell said.


Let's change this quote, shall we? "Following four years of this president's unwillingness to challenge liberal dogma, the AMERICAN PEOPLE voted him in a second time."

So yeah, suck it up and deal with the fact that he is doing the same things that got him reelected.
jasonbeast 13th-Feb-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
“Following four years of this president's unwillingness to challenge liberal dogma, we got more of the same,” McConnell said.

And the sitting second-term President, being a Democrat and a Liberal, would want to "challenge" established doctrine of his party because ... ?
ginger_maya 13th-Feb-2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
That's what I was wondering too...
poetic_pixie_13 13th-Feb-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)


keeperofthekeys 14th-Feb-2013 02:57 am (UTC)
Ahahaha that X-files macro
bluebombardier 13th-Feb-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
He spoke of workers' minimum wages, instead of their maximum potential

What the fuck does this even mean.
jasonbeast 13th-Feb-2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Bootstraps!
fenris_lorsrai 13th-Feb-2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
"The president spoke about energy infrastructure but didn't mention the Keystone pipeline,” McConnell said. “He chose the nation's biggest stage to promote something that's inefficient and costly, like solar panels, instead of something that's proven and reliable - and domestically produced - like coal.”

I can't even parse this because he's bawwing about Keystone, then the second half seems to be implying that Keystone carries american coal? HURRRRRR? I think its just awkwardly worded. or he really doesn't know that Keystone has Canadian oil.

beoweasel 13th-Feb-2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I love how Republicans tout the Keystone pipeline as the great savior, when in reality, it's nothing of the sort. The oil companies are only using the US to refine the crude with the intention of selling it to the global market. It will do absolutely nothing for US energy independence.
karma_aster 13th-Feb-2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
McConnell and Boehner open thier mouths and all I hear is "Waaaaaaaaah! We don't automatically get our way! Waaaaaaah!"
ginger_maya 13th-Feb-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
I am a little confused here, but I hope the Americans commenting here would explain it to me: why on Earth do the Republicans expect a liberal president challenge a liberal dogma?!
beetlebums 13th-Feb-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to see the liberal that they see.
beetlebums 13th-Feb-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
I just want to know what congress would do if we had a real liberal and not a moderate right leaning conservative?
jasonbeast 13th-Feb-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
They would have shit enough literal bricks by now to build a new monument on the Mall.
layweed 13th-Feb-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, McConnell. Pot. Kettle. Black. Go.
amorvincitnos 13th-Feb-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
As a not-American, lol forever at what Republicans consider insultingly liberal.

But seriously, what did they expect? "Now that I've secured the last term I can serve, I'm going to ensure that I cater to a Republican demographic who I didn't need to vote me in last time and can't vote me in next time, simultaneously pissing off the majority of the country, who likely voted for me on the basis of my 'liberal' platforms." What.

Maybe this makes more sense to Americans. I'm lost.
layweed 13th-Feb-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
It only makes sense to the losers because they're all BAWWWWWWWWW WE CAN'T GET WHAT WE WANT SO WE'RE JUST GONNA WHINE ABOUT IT AND MAKE IT SEEM LIKE WE'RE BEING BULLIED.
telemann 13th-Feb-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Obamaquester. LOL.

THANKS OBAMA!

yeats 13th-Feb-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
seriously, "obamaquester" really shows how the creative class has just deserted the republican party. no pop culturist worth their twitter account would ever come up with such a pathetic name-smush.
schexyschteve 13th-Feb-2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
If I were to quit doing my job, I would get my ass fired. Why isn't the same happening in Congress?
layweed 13th-Feb-2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
cos it's all Obama's fault
effervescent 13th-Feb-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
That echoed House Speaker John Boehner’s charge yesterday that the president didn’t have “the guts” to challenge his base and make spending cuts to fix the budget.

He was elected. Why the fuck would he go around challenging his base? Whine more, Republicans.
caerfrli 14th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
and why should he cut the budget. We're in an economic slow down for heaven's sake.
tabaqui 13th-Feb-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh for fuck's sake. Talk about boilerplate. Idiots.
wrestlingdog 13th-Feb-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm just going to leave this here:



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Edited at 2013-02-13 11:55 pm (UTC)
tigerdreams 14th-Feb-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I think that McConnell may be confusing "doesn't have the guts to challenge his base" with "thinks our ideas are horrible on their own merits."
skellington1 14th-Feb-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
All this 'doesn't have the guts to challenge his base' thing sounds a lot like more Republican projection. Only the liberal base was large and diverse enough to win an election, and the republican one is exclusive and fringe enough to lose them.
intrikate88 14th-Feb-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
I'd ask if they were watching a different speech, except they seemed to bring up similar topics.

Are they... connected in any way to the general logic I use? Because those words they said made zero sense.

Also, and this is a general question rather than just about this one instance, do they just... not grasp the concept that if you want the economy to generate more jobs and money, you have to invest in it? Prime the pump a bit? Set up ways to allow people to work instead of just expecting they'll make up their own jobs and money out of thin air? In short, try for an economy that ISN'T just a bookkeeper's trick of skimping on overhead costs to make the numbers look good instead of actually investing in a quality growing business?
____jonas 14th-Feb-2013 12:50 am (UTC)
Is Obamaquester when they're going to threaten to tank the economy again?

Because that's always so much fun.
louisadkins 14th-Feb-2013 01:46 am (UTC)
The ObamaQuester is the Champion of the White House who goes forth to seek the Holy Cup to defeat the Black Knights of the Elephant.
alexvdl 14th-Feb-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
The SOTU as a whole wasn't exactly thrilling the American public either...

http://www.bing.com/politics/stateoftheunion?OCID=MSN_SOTU_TWITTER_BingSocialMedia_SOTU_11Twi1
rkt 14th-Feb-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Our goal is to get people on that ladder and help them climb that ladder so they can live the American dream. And a lot of people who are being paid the minimum wage, are being paid that because they come to the workforce with no skills, and this makes it harder for them to acquire the skills they need in order to climb that ladder
successfully.”


how is this not the onion?

also: this post needs more image responses
rkt 14th-Feb-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
kyra_neko_rei 14th-Feb-2013 01:52 am (UTC)
"He spoke of workers' minimum wages, instead of their maximum potential,” McConnell said.

Well, Mr. McConnell, LET ME THE FUCK KNOW when someone can live off their potential.

Because let me tell you, when you're unemployed, underemployed, underpaid, or otherwise making do on not enough money, you know how many shits you're likely to give about how much money you "can" make in some wealthy Republican's pie-in-the-sky projected fantasy?

About as many shits as you have dollars to spare on that horribly low paycheck. Minus two shits, one for each hand, for throwing at any jackass who steps up at his six-figure job to insist that the minimum wage is perfectly fine where it is.
____jonas 14th-Feb-2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I wonder what the government would do if I tried to pay off my student loans in potential.
betray802 14th-Feb-2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Alexa Vega's face says all the fucks I've got for the Repukes.
underlankers 14th-Feb-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Interesting that the GOP expects Obama to challenge his base but refuses to challenge theirs, andd then has the gall to demand policies defeated in November be implemented in February based purely on their say-so. Interesting more for the sheer brazeness of the attempt than anything to do with its predictability.
underlankers 14th-Feb-2013 04:08 am (UTC)
I believe this pretty much summarizes my attitude to the GOP on Obama:

FUCK EM
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