Archive for Friday, October 15, 2010

Young voters vent frustration to Obama in MTV forum

October 15, 2010


— If Democrats are counting on young and minority voters to keep them in power in next month’s elections, the under-30 audience at a nationally televised youth forum Thursday showed President Barack Obama that they’re feeling dissatisfied, too.

Over the course of the hour-long event hosted by Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT, Obama took one critical question after another from among the 225 young men and women in the studio audience and thousands more sending their thoughts via Twitter.

A young Republican woman from Austin, Texas, in the audience, kicked things off, saying she had “very much respected” his pledge in his 2008 campaign for more bipartisanship but “to be frank, when all was said and done, I don’t think that actually happened.” A young man from Mississippi thought Obama was too soft on illegal immigration.

A young man from Washington said despite the bailouts and stimulus, unemployment’s still above 9 percent and college graduates can’t find work.

“Why should we still support you going forward with your monetary and economic policies, and if the economy does not improve over the next two years, why should we vote you back in?”

Viewers were asked to send in via Twitter their greatest hopes or fears. Two messages were read aloud to the president: “My greatest fear is that we are turning into a Communist country” and “My greatest fear is that Obama will be re-elected.”

Obama mostly took it all in stride, although the criticism got under his skin a couple of times. He said his administration’s policies didn’t cause the recession and had staved off a second Great Depression. He also said that “taxes aren’t higher” than they were when he took office.

Not everyone had an ax to grind.

Some just wanted to tell Obama about their experiences, including a young woman awaiting her green card and victims of Internet bullying, domestic violence and poor schools.

Others wanted to know more about his feelings.

Does he think sexual identity is a choice? “I don’t think it’s a choice,” Obama said. “I think people are born with a certain makeup and that we’re all children of God.”


Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

The nations employers are too soft on immigration face it.

Why does the repub party take such joy in destroying economies,jobs and retirement plans? What is wrong with these people?

Republicans are simply too dangerous to be in charge of OUR money and OUR economy! Because new candidates do not or cannot roll out expensive special interest funded campaigns voters refuse to vote in the best candidates.

This is true across the board at local,state and obviously at the national level. We need to vote in tons of new democrats and green party thinkers in order to save the economy and produce new USA jobs.

Republicans are simply too dangerous to place them in charge of our economy,creating new USA jobs and to bring on the best affordable medical insurance. Reagan/Bush,Bush/Quale and Bush/Cheney have proven all of the above to be true. All have played a role in destroying economies,jobs,retirement plans and are huge players in supporting the medical insurance industry as this industry robs us blind.

As we speak the repub party is out spending all others. Big spenders usually indicate which candidates special interest corrupt corporate america want in office. Big spending is certainly no indication of a qualified candidate necessarily.

Why does the repub party take such joy in destroying economies,jobs and retirement plans? What is wrong with these people?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

Why does the repub party take such joy in destroying economies,jobs and retirement plans? What is wrong with these people?

This is what I mean:

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist "There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and were part of the Bush Jr. administration.

Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt").

The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist was considered the largest theft in history at the time. George Herbert Walker Bush then took $1.4 trillion of taxpayers money to cover the theft.

  1. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers Yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities."

  2. Only 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk in spite of what we’re told ? "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America and Citigroup, Those three were clearly in very weakened form. Many of the other big banks simply were not.

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