Wow. Charles is writing another weekly blasting of the President. This isn't something you see every day...
Go easy on him, Chuck. At least he gives good speeches.
I agree that the "bad luck" comment is a pathetic response to the
problem.But, lets back up.The GOP answer to everything
is to lower taxes.How low do you want to go? We have the lowest
federal tax rates in 50+ years.And we have had them for 10 years
now.So, if low tax rates are the single biggest key to economic
prosperity, how did the economy crater in this 10 year environment?Someone? Anyone?Let me guess. Bad luck and Democratic mistakes?
Was it bad luck to allow Bush and republican minions to run our country into
bankruptcy, nah, just apathy combined with stupidity and ignorance and
arrogance. Obama is a good-guy trying to solve the problems created almost
entirely by the previous 8 years of disaster.
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity! Even Hillary warned us that Obama
was unprepared and unqualified to lead this country! Does Obama blaming
"bad luck" prove her point or what?
Charles is doing his job as a political observer. He observes what Obama says
and does and comments on it. Those who don't like the message, will attack the
messenger. Those who like his message will say he is telling it like it is! The
question then; it depends on what is, is!
Joe Blow. We have the highest corportate taxes in the world! About 50% of
Americans pay no federal income taxes at all while the most productive Americans
are paying nearly 80% of all federal income taxes. Low taxes for some, not so
much for others! I will answer your question with another simple question; When
was the last time a poor person offered you a job? Made in China sound familair?
All I saw was the headline and I told myself, "Yep, that's
Krauthammer." Isn't he the one who'll say that we need to
balance the budget one week and then tell us we need to invade Libya and that we
can pay for it later?There are plenty of conservative commentators
who (while I may not agree with them) are capable of making coherent and
well-reasoned arguments. Why does such a hack like Charles get endless space to
whine about Obama?
@JoeBlow: Low taxes are a key to economic prosperity. Unfortunately, that's no
the only component. The economy is also drowning in debt and the heavy hand of
government currently throws up roadblocks and uncertainty at every turn.To see prosperity we need business-friendly policies, low taxes and most
of all to get the fiscal house in order. That is going to take time. This isn't
Obama's fault, but he has made it worse. We need entitlement reform, regulatory
reform and about 7-10 years of paying down debt before we will see a booming
So, chuck, how was the economy doing the day Obama took office? Any bailouts in
place? Companies tanking?
@JoeBlowTax rates are part of the picture, but not the whole
picture.The economy is in a shambles because of government attempt
to "run" it. They don't know enough to run it. They tried to create
"affordable housing," and destroyed the lives of the very people they
were supposedly trying to help.
Mountainman:1) Only 40% of total tax revenue comes from income
tax.2) That 50% that doesn't pay income tax only controls 2.5% of
this nation's wealth.3) People who don't pay income tax still pay
state tax, local tax, sales tax, Social Security, Medicare, and property tax.
Contrary to what Fox News tries to tell you, we all have "skin in the
game."4) Without a class of people who are able to buy stuff,
rich people aren't going to get rich. A "poor person" may not offer
you a job, but our economy can't function without them. You can only sell so
many yachts and private jets.We've have 30+ years of trickle-down
economics. We can keep making excuses and demonizing everyone who isn't
insanely rich, or we can admit that it's failed and try something else. I know
which way I'd go...
Krauthammer criticizing Obama? How could this be? It's unimaginable. I
mean...now I've seen it all!
A bit strident this morning Mr. Kruthammer. However, as a former supporter of
Mr. Obama and this administration, I must agree with you that the President is
being hypocritical. In his defense, he is a politician fighting for his
political life and that of his Party, which he leads. So, why shouldn't he
suggest all of this about the Republicans and their policies? He is doing what
he must and should. What we need is more folks doing like you have done in this
article that points out the inconsistencies and partisanship, failures and when
they occur successes. Too many times, all that media does today is play the
cheerleadeer for their side. This isn't so bad, but their claim to be objective
journalists is what is so galling.
So what's Charles answer? What are his solutions?Other
than his weekly write ups on how we should invade Iran and Libya, give out my
handouts (in the forms of subsidies and tax cuts) to the rich, and blaming
everything on Obama?
charles once again hits it out of the park exposing obamas lack of
leadership....he will be voted out next year and rightly so, he has no record of
accomplishment to run on
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the President acted stupidly.
Thats a real big part of the reason we find ourselves heading into a great
Great Moutainman, now you agree with Clinton is's? Krathehammer is a
shill propagandists and it's a shame the DN prints it faithfully every week.
Re: KJB1 | 10:03 a.m. Aug. 21, 2011 Mr. 'Don't-Call-My-Bluff' Obama
said that he wouldn't sign a budget bill that didn't include new taxes. Obama
is still suffering indigestion from the budget will without new taxes that the
Republicans instructed him to sign. The liberal Democrats found out
what the Palestinians already knew .... Obama caves when pressure is applied.
Looks like the liberals have hooked their wagons to a nag that just can't pull
You seldom get everything.There are WANTS and NEEDS.Right now, this country NEEDS to move towards fiscal conservatism.Many WANT to deal with Gay Marriage, Aborting and bring religion to the
forefront.If the T Party would focus ONLY on our NEEDS, it may get
some real traction.But in the end, the T Party is just the right
wing of the GOP.Disagree? Fine, tell me how they differ.Now, I am sure that some will tell me that my list of WANTS are really
NEEDS.But you know better.
Quote"Joe Blow. We have the highest corportate taxes in the world!"But the founding fathers never taxed individuals at all, they taxed
busineses. The t-party never responds to that divergence in thier thinking from
the founding fathers.The personal income tax was passed in 1913.As far as 50% of the population not paying taxes - we call them
So are conservatives ready to admit 9/11 was Bush's fault then?
The President gets Charles again. First Bin Laden the day after Charles said he
was "leading from behind" and then Libya without the military
industrial complex get Billions of dollars and no US losses. Charles must be
frustrated even though he get millions to spin everything against the President.
@JoeBlowEvery tea party rally I've seen has been focused on fiscal
responsibility. Have you seen something different?
So, T.Party, are you saying that the T party is not involved in social
issues?What is their stance on Gay Marriage, Abortion, and Prayer in
school?And, as I asked, "how are the T Party and the Right wing
of the GOP differ."
@JoeBlowI'm quite certain a good number of tea party activists are
involved in social issues. They're also involved in gardening, football,
knitting, bowling, fencing, rowing, bingo, ice hockey, painting, and speed
skating. The tea party comes from many different backgrounds and walks of
life.When the tea party gets together, the organizing principles are
fiscal responsibility and constitutionally-limited government. If that attracts
a certain subset of the GOP, then great. It also attracts many independents and
some Democrats. It doesn't matter what party you belong to, or don't. Anyone
who cares about saving our country from financial ruin is welcome here.I think your question presumes that the tea party movement is a political
party with a stated platform of some kind. It isn't. It is a movement from
within all parties and no particular party, which recognizes that we can't go on
running up debt and spending like there's no tomorrow. Reality always catches
up with you.How we differ from the GOP, is that we see the GOP as
part of the problem. They have participated in the expansion of government
beyond its proper scope. Now it needs to be reigned in.
Obama is totally clueless. He couldn't lead a group of Girl Scouts out of a wet
paper sack.He claims to be a leader but takes responsibility for,
well.....nothing.Gee, I guess it's still Bush's fault, right?
RE: JoeBlow"So, if low tax rates are the single biggest key to
economic prosperity, how did the economy crater in this 10 year
environment?"The repeal of the GlassSteagall Act in 1999 by
Clinton and the Republicans contributed significantly to this crater.This act ought to be re-enacted.
Bad luck? That rhymes with "duck" and he's as lame as a duck can be.
Yeah,, that's it Obama, bad luck. You are just like Lincoln according to you,
yourself. He had bad luck too, what with the Civil War, secession, the slaves
and all that, and a terrible war torn country with an economy in the toilet. How
well I remember his " Poor little bad luck me" speech. Do you remember
that one? Probably not because he didn't give it, he didn't have time for it
unlike you. What with golfing, vacations, and managing your wife's six million a
year staff you certainly don't have time for solutions so I would blame it on
"bad luck" too. He was a leader, you are not. He found a way,
you find an excuse. Harry Truman, a Democrat like you, once said "the buck
stops here", in your case the buck flies by you faster than a speeding
bullet. You might find that the harder you work and the less time you spend
finding excuses the "luckier" you get.
Many republicans are lamenting the fact the Tea Party is sabotaging the country.
Yes I would consider it bad luck for all of us to put up with the tea party
people who do not want to esolve problems but would rather create problems and
then blame you for it. You are darn right it is bad luck but that is life.