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Obama: Recovery path hard, challenge ‘can be met’

President Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

President Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

September 6, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

"Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place," he declared in a prime-time speech to convention delegates and the nation, blending resolve about rescuing the nation from near economic catastrophe with stinging criticism of Republican rival Mitt Romney's own proposals.

Widely viewed as reserved, even aloof, Obama acknowledged "my own failings" as he asked for a second term, four years after taking office as the nation's first black president.

Citing progress toward recovery, he said, "After a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, we're getting back to basics and doing what America has always done best: We're making things again."

"Four more years," delegates chanted over and over as the 51-year-old Obama stepped to the podium, noticeably grayer than he was as a history-making candidate for the White House in 2008.

First Lady Michelle Obama and the couple's daughters, Malia and Sasha, joined the president on stage in the moments after the speech, followed by other family members and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife. Strains of "Only in America" filled the hall as confetti filled the air.

Obama's speech was the final act of a pair of highly scripted national political conventions in as many weeks, and the opening salvo of a two-month drive toward Election Day that pits Obama against Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. The contest is ever tighter for the White House in a dreary season of economic struggle for millions.

Biden preceded Obama at the convention podium and proclaimed, "America has turned the corner" after experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Obama didn't go that far in his own remarks, but he said firmly, "We are not going back, we are moving forward, America."

With unemployment at 8.3 percent, the president said the task of recovering from the economic disaster of 2008 is exceeded in American history only by the challenge Franklin Delano Roosevelt faced when he took office in 1933.

"It will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold persistent experimentation" that FDR employed, Obama said.

In an appeal to independent voters who might be considering a vote for Romney, he added that those who carry on Roosevelt's legacy "should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.

He said, "The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over the decades."

In the run-up to Obama's speech, delegates erupted in tumultuous cheers when former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt, walked onstage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The hall grew louder when she blew kisses to the crowd.

And louder still when huge video screens inside the hall showed the face of Osama bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind killed in a daring raid on his Pakistani hideout by U.S. special operations forces on a mission approved by the current commander in chief.

The hall was filled to capacity long before Obama stepped to the podium, and officials shut off the entrances because of a fear of overcrowding for a speech that the campaign had originally slated for the 74,000-seat football stadium nearby. Aides said weather concerns prompted the move to the convention arena, capacity 15,000 or so.

Obama's campaign said the president would ask the country to rally around a "real achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last."

He added, "The truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade."

In convention parlance, both Obama and Biden were delivering acceptance speeches before delegates who nominated them for new terms in office.

But the political significance went far beyond that — the moment when the general election campaign begins in earnest even though Obama and Romney have been pointing toward a Nov. 6 showdown for months.

To the cheers of delegates, Obama retraced his steps to halt the economic slide, including the auto bailout that Romney opposed.

"After a decade of decline, this country created over a half million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years," he said.

Turning to national security, he said he had promised to end the war in Iraq, and had done so.

"We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014 our longest war will be over," he said.

"A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead," he declared, one of the night's repeated references to the special operations forces raid that resulted in the terrorist mastermind's demise more than a year ago.

He lampooned Romney's own economic proposals.

"Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning," he said.

Mocking Romney for his overseas trip earlier this summer, Obama said, "You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally." That was a reference to a verbal gaffe the former Massachusetts governor committed while visiting London.

Obama's campaign said the president would ask the country to rally around a "real achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last."

Biden told the convention in his own speech that he had watched as Obama "made one gutsy decision after another" to stop an economic free-fall after they took office in 2009.

Now, he said, "we're on a mission to move this nation forward â€" from doubt and downturn to promise and prosperity. ... America has turned the corner."

Delegates who packed into their convention hall were serenaded by singer James Taylor and rocked by R&B blues artist Mary J. Blige as they awaited Obama's speech.

There was no end to the jabs aimed at Romney and the Republicans.

"Ask Osama bin Laden if he's better off than four years ago," said Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who lost the 2004 election in a close contest with President George W. Bush. It was a mocking answer to the Republicans' repeated question of whether Americans are better off than when Obama took office.

The campaign focus was shifting quickly to politically sensitive monthly unemployment figures due out Friday morning and the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 in Denver. Wall Street hit a four-year high a few hours before Obama's speech after the European Central Bank laid out a concrete plan to support the region's struggling countries.

The economy is by far the dominant issue in the campaign, and the differences between Obama and his challenger could hardly be more pronounced.

Romney wants to extend all tax cuts that are due to expire on Dec. 31 with an additional 20 percent reduction in rates across the board, arguing that job growth would result. He also favors deep cuts in domestic programs ranging from education to parks, repeal of the health care legislation that Obama pushed through Congress and landmark changes in Medicare, the program that provides health care to seniors.

Obama wants to renew the tax cuts except on incomes higher than $250,000, saying that millionaires should contribute to an overall attack on federal deficits. He also criticizes the spending cuts Romney advocates, saying they would fall unfairly on the poor, lower-income college students and others. He argues that Republicans would "end Medicare as we know it" and saddle seniors with ever-rising costs.

After two weeks of back-to-back conventions, the impact on the race remained to be determined.

You're not going to see big bounces in this election," said David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser. "For the next 61 days, it's going to remain tight as a tick."

Romney wrapped up several days of debate rehearsals with close aides in Vermont and is expected to resume full-time campaigning in the next day or two.

In a brief stop to talk with veterans on Thursday, he defended his decision to omit mention of the war in Afghanistan when he delivered his acceptance speech last week at the Republican National Convention. He noted he had spoken to the American Legion only one day before.

Romney's campaign released its first new television ad since the convention season began.

It shows Clinton sharply questioning Obama's credibility on the Iraq War in 2008, saying "Give me a break, this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." Obama was running against Hillary Rodham Clinton at the time for the Democratic nomination.

It will likely be a week or more before the two campaigns can fully digest post-convention polls and adjust their strategies for the fall.

Based on the volume of campaign appearances to date and the hundreds of millions of dollars spent already on television advertising, the election appears likely to be decided in a small number of battleground states. The list includes New Hampshire, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa, as well as Florida and North Carolina, the states where first Republicans and then Democrats held their conventions. Those states hold 100 electoral votes among them, out of 270 needed to win the White House.

Money has become an ever-present concern for the Democrats, an irony given the overwhelming advantage Obama held over John McCain in the 2008 campaign.

This time, Romney is outpacing him, and independent groups seeking the Republican's election are pouring tens of millions of dollars into television advertising, far exceeding what Obama's supporters can afford.

Comments

JHOK32 1 year, 7 months ago

The insatiable greed of Wall Street bankers & stockbrokers, backed by their buddy G.W.Bush who looked the other way, is exactly what caused this Great Recession. After Bush captured his second term in 2004 the banking industry tripled the amount of bad mortgages issued at subprime rates (Wikipedia sub-prime mortgage crisis) to anyone who could still breathe no matter how secure their incomes were, how much savings they had, or how much they could put down on a house. Indeed many banks lended 20% more than a property was even worth! The numerous banks that went belly up would actually advertize on the radio & TV that they would finance houses at 120% of what they were worth, no matter what your credit score was! As all this was happening while the Bush Republican de-regulators let the foxes guard their own hen houses. Then for "punishment" of bringing our entire economy to the brink of disaster Bush hands over $700 Billion dollars of OUR money to the millionaire bankers & stockbrokers who already screwed this country! Hey, it was Bush's second term, he had nothing to lose, but the bankers & stockbrokers had everything to gain & they ripped off the American people until we bled & let the middle class take all the hits of losing their jobs, their homes, their savings, health insurance, retirement funds, etc, etc. Oh yes, & let's blame this hell of a mess on Obama - do we really have Americans out there that are this stupid? God help us. They should have jailed Bush & all his buddies for the rest of their lives & thrown the key away after what they did to this country. Bush did do one good thing, he took care of Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction" all for the small bill to the American taxpayers for the tidy sum of over a $Trillion dollars ...... that was a "Mission Accomplished" alright! - not to mention the thousands of dead & maimed brave men & women of our military. Yes, by all means, let's put Romney in there so he can lead us right back down that path again, only one more trip like that & we can kiss this country goodbye. Better take advantage of bearing arms now boys because when the economy goes off the cliff for good the next time you'll need those arms when the grocery store shelves are bare & there is no food, water, gas, or utilities.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

In news from the real world: "..The key indicator of our employment health, in all the statistics, is what the government calls U-6. This is the number who have applied for work in the past six months and includes people who are involuntary part-time workers—government-speak for those individuals whose jobs have been cut back to two or three days a week. They are working part-time only because they've been unable to find full-time work. This involuntary army of what's called "underutilized labor" has been hovering for months at about 15% of the workforce. Include the eight million who have simply given up looking, and the real unemployment rate is closer to 19%. In short, the president's ill-designed stimulus program was a failure. For all our other national concerns, and the red herrings that typically swim in electoral waters, American voters refuse to be distracted from the No. 1 issue: the economy. And even many of those who have jobs are hurting, because annual wage increases have dropped to an average of 1.6%, the lowest in the past 30 years. Adjusting for inflation, wages are contracting...." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444273704577635681206305056.html?mod=rss_opinion_main Who wants four more years of this?

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tbaker 1 year, 7 months ago

Clint Eastwood’s empty chair could have given a better speech

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't know whether anyone's mentioned it yet, but why won't Romney release his tax returns?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

Good, but not great, speech by Obama.

The choice between Obama and Romney is very clear.

Why won't Romney release his tax returns? What is he afraid of the American people seeing? We already know he is a rich guy who pays a lower tax rate than most Americans. What else could there be?

Romney has a serious transparency problem. Can he be trusted?

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder if the "Choom Gang" Leader exhales through 'nose' or his 'mouth?'

I bet ZomB.O. blows smoke through his 'nose' but, mostly 'his' mouth.

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gbulldog 1 year, 7 months ago

Obama saved GM - Why? Could it be about powerful union pensions? Nice piece of "cake" for the Unions!!!! How about the GM dealers, and suppliers forced to close. Did you ever what happended to those that lost the jobs and their pensions. Anyhow, how long is your car payment? Used to be 3 years or less. How about those who lost cars after they participated in the "clunker" program because they were unable to make car pays. Democrats had control but did little to help the "poor" and working class. Why did they not force credit card interest rates down. Maybe that is the reason Democrats met in Charlotte? No hope for the "poor" and middle class, unless we can work and save. And then hope to avoid paying taxes on our investments! For all Obama supporter, hope you get a nice piece of cake and not Soylent Green. For I fear that is what the rest of us will get. Only 10 years away!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

Did any of the disappointed progressives notice that the Mope didn't address the problems of his criminal relatives living illegally in America?

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beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey, did any of the conservatives notice Obama talked about the great sacrifices made by our troops?

Why didn't Romney? Does it bother any of you conservatives that your man Romney completely failed to mention our troops even though we are still at war? Just asking.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

A federal judge spared Shepard Fairey, creator of the Obama “Hope” poster, time in custody during a sentencing hearing this morning. The judge ordered Fairey to serve two years probation, complete 300 hours of community service, and pay a $25,000 fine for a contempt conviction. Fairey pleaded guilty earlier this year to destroying and fabricating documents during a civil lawsuit over the moronic 2008 campaign image. A bad omen for Obama indeed.

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Armstrong 1 year, 7 months ago

Nice contrast to 2008. '08 - Barry was going to fix all our problems. '12 Barry - WE are going to fix our problems. Still no specifics but we have'nt had those for the last 4 years, or a budget. And lastly, no yourworstnightmare - still no Romney tax returns

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Armstrong 1 year, 7 months ago

Nice contrast to 2008. '08 - Barry was going to fix all our problems. '12 Barry - WE are going to fix our problems. Still no specifics but we have'nt had those for the last 4 years, or a budget. And lastly, no yourworstnightmare - still no Romney tax returns

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tbaker 1 year, 7 months ago

There are more people out of work today than when Mr. Obama took office. When you add-in the one's who have just given up looking for a job altogether, then that number is much worse.

The man said if he hadn't turned things aorund in his first 4 years he would be a one-term President.

He should be held to his word.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

Flex is a 'shoe-in.' Smart bets have Flex at 57.9

But Romo is climbing at 41.7

http://www.intrade.com/v4/home/

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

Once upon a time, a Welfare_Boomer named bubba loaded his Shtruggling_1st_Lady into his dilapidated old Yugo--they had decided they hads to goes_to_washington. After stuffing all four_pinocchios into their shewmaniac, they set off down the molasses road of Magical Bigotry. Along the way, they picked up their friend, 16trilliondollarman (who was an obsessive-compulsive chicken_sandwich_eater). Because ol' 16 had been diagnosed with a raging case of antiphobia, they thought they'd better give him a Pat_Down before letting him into the back seat of the Yugo. They found no weapons on their friend, but they did notice that he was Fully_Loaded with a hotmess of Gaknoschticky.

"Don't worry," said Welfare_Boomer, "its_just_math."

"Maybe so," said Shtruggling, "but don't forget: I am a concerned_citizen of 1961."

"Oh, you're probably just hungry," said ol' 16 from the back seat, where he was perusing a book of pictures he had found on the floor. They were all pictures of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, and Nancy_Boy Pelosi. As ol' 16 struggled to pull some of the pages apart, an idea hit him.

"Hey! How about we stop off in Linwood for a big steaming plate of meatandpotatoes?!? That should make you feel better!"

"Splendid idea," replied Miss Shtruggling. "If I didn't know better, I'd say you were a genuine right_thinker!"

Later that day, they continued on to Washington, full of meatandpotatoes, purses bulging with their wife's work earnings.

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

Yup Agnostic. Light moderating may get more clicks but sure knocks down the forum quality. I have to wonder how many good posters and thus clicks are lost from being bullied from the site or those that just don't want to put up with the crap.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Obama's speech was an explanation of failure. He queued up his greatest hits album with recycled ideas from 2008, even reaching back to FDR's failed Democrat playbook. Obama conveniently ignored the real issues facing our country today like the national debt, unemployment, record poverty, foreclosures, financial reforms and costly Obamacare. He criticized Republican plans for recovery yet had no specific plans of his own. Obama mocked tax cuts for hard working successful people, begged the country to forget his broken promises and essentially give him a mulligan. The speech was half hearted at best, truly a low point of the night and begs the question... does Obama really want to win?

Obama is the second greatest hoax on the American people, global warming being the first. In the bowels of the Democrat party's smoke filled rooms, they must be worried this race may already be over. But, the extreme liberal ideology must be saved and the Democrat's willing lap dogs in the mainstream media will toss Obama under the bus faster than you can say Jeremiah Alvesta Wright. Let's end the division and gridlock in November and get American business back on track. Yes you did build that! Romney-Ryan 2012.

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beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

It was a very good speech, although not as great as Bill Clinton's the night before. I believe it will give Obama a small bump in the immediate polls that was missing following Romney's speech. Romney's ignoring our military and the war we are still fighting and not paying for in Afghanistan is a huge blunder on his part that he will have difficulty overcoming.

Unless Obama totally flubs a debate, and I don't see that happening, he will win re-election. The electoral numbers are in his favor.

Hopefully, if he wins, Obama and Congress will work together for the good of the nation for a change rather than continuing to play party politics. They need to work together to bring down the deficit, and that isn't going to happen just by making cuts to benefits given to poor people. I would hope the same if Romney should happen to win and would drop from the Democratic party if the Dems made it their primary goal to make Romney a one-term president rather than trying to work with him to make the country stronger. The Republicans did this during Obama's first term to the detriment of the nation. We can't continue down this path of party over country.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

Shtruggling_1st_Lady 3 minutes ago

How ironic the purveyor of handouts and his wife who harps on "shtruggling" Americans are now themselves asking for a handout, re; one more 4 years of chance.

Joke of the century. And the usual lemmings will follow them right off the cliff. The left claims how tolerant they are.......anyone Jon Stewarts DNC bit? The so-called "tolerant" crowd.....

"The Democratic party truly is the big tent party! That is unless you are: white male, own a gun, religious, a Tea Party member, believe in small government, pro-choice, high school educated, believe in Creationism, anti-union, live outside of New York, live outside of California. You know, maybe they aren’t really as big of a tent as they pretend to be. In fact, their hypocritical intolerance of anyone who disagrees with their beliefs was so bad that even Jon Stewart and the team at The Daily Show had to mock it!"


Noted! :)

Racist, much?

Add another one to the list!

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Shtruggling_1st_Lady 1 year, 7 months ago

How ironic the purveyor of handouts and his wife who harps on "shtruggling" Americans are now themselves asking for a handout, re; one more 4 years of chance.

Joke of the century. And the usual lemmings will follow them right off the cliff. The left claims how tolerant they are.......anyone Jon Stewarts DNC bit? The so-called "tolerant" crowd.....

"The Democratic party truly is the big tent party! That is unless you are: white male, own a gun, religious, a Tea Party member, believe in small government, pro-choice, high school educated, believe in Creationism, anti-union, live outside of New York, live outside of California. You know, maybe they aren’t really as big of a tent as they pretend to be. In fact, their hypocritical intolerance of anyone who disagrees with their beliefs was so bad that even Jon Stewart and the team at The Daily Show had to mock it!"

http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/09/06/even-jon-stewart-is-shocked-by-the-people-at-the-dnc/

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Bud Stagg 1 year, 7 months ago

Typical Obama, over promise-under deliver. In business if you want to be re-hired you do it the other way around and knock people's socks off with performance. I'll take my chances with another newcomer rather than 4 more years of lack of leadership. This president knows what he wants, but can't get there.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

Massive fail for a zombie who claims to worship "God."

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/09/oh-god

Money quote:

"Judging entirely by the text of its platforms — for by their words, or works, or whatever, ye shall know them — the [Republican] party clearly had no use for God from its founding through the 1960s."

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ibroke 1 year, 7 months ago

pastor---what is the republican loyalty oath?

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patkindle 1 year, 7 months ago

Give the dems credit, obama is the man That will win the election. ..... It is a shame the smarter republicans Are unable to cough up ANY candidate of worth To run against obama........ At least some one the gays, blacks Hispanics, women and welfare rats would want to vote for....... Three times as many people watched the football game Last nite vs the DNC, so that tells you something....... Nice photo, is obama applauding the fine job He has done in the first 4 years, or perhaps

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anticommunist 1 year, 7 months ago

Obama's speeches are the stuff of the most contrived, empty and strained rhetoric of our modern times. History will prove the lyrical sandcastles he built at this juncture will have all but swept away and reassembled on some far off shore. TryHard-in-Chief ftmfl.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

The AP is getting a clue. Their piece on the speech last night began with: "By David Espo and Robert Furlow The Associated Press CHARLOTTE - His re-election in doubt, President Obama..." http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/09/07/1202517?sac=fo.local The preference cascade is getting stronger every day.

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Steve Miller 1 year, 7 months ago

Well, i don't know about the rest of you woprkin people, but i don't think this country can stand another 4 years of him. My pocket book can't. I'm down to chicken necks and skim milk..

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Timothy Eugene 1 year, 7 months ago

Empty suit, empty chair, empty air....empty promises. But the lemmings who worship him will still follow him into the abyss.

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 7 months ago

What is the Republican plan for anything besides guns, gays, and God?

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 7 months ago

A far better candidate than the guy lacks the cajones to tell you just how rich he is, and just how much he's stashed offshore to keep shielded from scrutiny and taxation.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

The opposition had its day in the sun in Tampa , and showed the country nothing. Lack of any intelligible plan , lack of any sound arithmetic , and the remarkable ability to insult multiple groups of voters. No discussion of the war that our treasured armed forces are prosecuting and virtually no foreign policy approach other than to pick a couple fights. The election is cast it will be a battle of BS for the next few months. I hope Obama prevails. On to the debates. Barack will make mitt cry !

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

The current regime's recovery is a disaster for Americans. "Employment growth remained weak in August, with just 96,000 new positions created but the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent, according to a report that raises the possibility of more Federal Reserve easing. The decline in the jobless rate, from 8.3 percent in July, came primarily because the labor force participation rate fell to 63.5 percent, its worst level in more than 30 years. The civilian labor force contracted by 368,000..." http://www.cnbc.com/id/48938568

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poolside 1 year, 7 months ago

I am surprised anyone thinks that Osama Bin Laden should have been taken alive. I do think going after him was healing for our country. I do not think hauling him in for a war crimes tribunal even remotely appropriate. He had admitted his action and was open about the prospect of doing more. He was dangerous and needed to be taken out and taken out quickly. This is exactly why Bush lost my Republican vote-wishy washy against the enemy is no way to be a Commander in Chief.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

government peeps 'proposed' an 8.1. Falsey's 7.9 was premature. Flex's g-peeps will use the '7.9' number soon.

The 'key' for his peeps, is that "quit looking" for work number. The more that "quit looking" the better Flex's unemployment number looks.

Forward!!!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

The Romney's described struggling in college with their only option being was to sell some stocks.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

What Makes Buying and Owning A Home or Small Business Risky Business When Republicans Are In Office?

This ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion). Plus millions of jobs lost, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

This ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs lost, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

This ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

The above rips property values in the true spirit of grand larceny. With multi millions out of jobs makes it difficult for small business owners.

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CLARKKENT 1 year, 7 months ago

While I will admit that Obama is not the best choice, he is the best choice from which we get to chose. Please, when you do vote, just remember which party got us to where we are.

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

It is hard to take Romney serious since it looks more like Ryan is running for the office with Romney just being some sort of figure head. We have already been down that road with the Bush/Cheney administration.

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ThePilgrim 1 year, 7 months ago

"His re-election in doubt..."

I'm not an Obama supporter, but I have no doubts about his re-election. I don't hold out much hope for Romney. Obama has the ethnic vote locked in, as well as many unions. My daughter is not going to vote because she doesn't care(!). Many of my Christian friends won't vote for Romney, and some of their anti-Mormon religious litmus test rhetoric has become deafening lately, which I find puzzling.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

RE-election in doubt ....... says who. Bain and Romney are being investigated for tax evasion. Ryan has been called a liar by several circles.

Obama promised:

Social Security would not be going to Wall Street Medicare would not be going to the insurance industry His leadership will bring a surplus budget of about $4 trillion More cleaner energy = jobs Will get on with federal highway infrastructure rehab =jobs

Benefits of a 20 Percent by 2020 National Renewable Electricity Standard

Job Creation - 355,000 new jobs—nearly twice as many as generating electricity from fossil fuels

Economic Development - $72.6 billion in new capital investment, $16.2 billion in income to farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners, and $5.0 billion in new local tax revenues

Consumer Savings - $49 billion in lower electricity and natural gas bills

Healthier Environment - Reductions of global warming pollution equal to taking nearly 71 million cars off the road, plus less haze, smog, acid rain, mercury contamination, and water use

Union of Concerned Scientist

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 7 months ago

Good speech. Now the fun begins.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 7 months ago

Not sure bragging about a company (GM) Obama "saved" that has lost half its value in the last year is a good bragging point. I give thanks to the Navy Seals for killing bin Laden, not Obama. Obama has done good things but are not sensationalized enough for the sheep to understand or care.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

"Wrong direction?"

Given there are 50%'rs "with no skin in the game" afraid they are not going to get 'their' meal ticket punched, and there are normal people that see more of 'their' "skin in the game" being sloughed off, but, the 'Elites' are happy. Their country is "heading" in the correct direction.

Their guy is going to continue their 'ruse.' New America shall continue on.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

More than 2/3 of likely voters sampled in a recent poll believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

Flexible is 'perfect' for New America.

With the government peeps figuring an 'excellent' unemployment number set to come out, Falsey is predicting a 7.9 number, Flex is a 'shoe-in' to win. If not a 7.9 today, it will be by November.

Why even have a vote in November? Why even have another vote ever? The 50%'rs "with no skin in the game" don't care.

As long as the 'Elites' pulling the strings are safe from the Menials, Flex is a 'no' brainer to keep the peace in New America.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

I know it is chest bumping and flag waving, but...

GM lives and Osama bin Laden is dead.....top that. At least the Dems have tangible things to talk about...real things and not pie in the sky with plan.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

Wonder what that speech would have sounded like in a mostly empty Bank of America Stadium?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

My two favorite quotes of the night:
"A future... where we promote the private sector, not the privileged sector." Joe Biden
“Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another,” the president said. “Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!” - President Obama
My favorite part of the whole convention was the music. And not a single musician or band sent a cease and desist letter.

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Mixolydian 1 year, 7 months ago

GM killed Osama Bin Laden! Booyah. USA USA USA

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 7 months ago

I was shocked Obama did not call Romney a plutocrat or the GOP plutocrats. It's all about plutocracy.

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anticommunist 1 year, 7 months ago

Patent, stock nonsense from Obomber. Can't wait 'till he bombs in November.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

The depth of understanding the issues and developing strategies addressing our country's challenges displayed by the DNC speakers has been impressive. Contrasted against the neanderthal RNC the choice is clear. If you are a thinking being and have the intellectual curiosity to seek out information on the issues and turn on your BS meter to filter out the lies you are immediately struck with the total ineptness of the RNC platform , approach , and nominees.

Home Run all the way

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Claire Williams 1 year, 7 months ago

It was a good speech. He didn't spend too much time attacking Romney, leaving that job to Biden and Bill the night before. What he did do is talk about what he wants to do the next four years, which is what America needed to hear from him.

Anybody else catch the Langston Hughes reference in the speech?

Also, LJW-- there's a duplicate paragraph in the article text, about the hall being filled to capacity.

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