Obama Gets Blunt: The Problem is Republicans and Their Failed Trickle Down Fantasies


Obama MN by  WH photog Pete Souza

Speaking this afternoon at Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar in the house, in addition to Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Keith Ellison and Mayor Betsy Hodges, President Obama let go of the tight constrictions of diplomacy and got real about the problems in DC: It’s Republicans and their failed trickle down fantasies. They just don’t get what people are going through.

“(S)o far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every single serious idea to strengthen the middle class,” President Obama told the crowd. Lest you think he’s exaggerating, he went through the list and it’s not pretty.

Read on via a White House transcript:


And sometimes I’m supposed to be politic about how I say things — (laughter) — but I’m finding lately that I just want to say what’s on my mind. (Applause.) So let me just be clear — I want you think about this — so far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every single serious idea to strengthen the middle class. You may think I’m exaggerating, but let me go through the list. They’ve said no to raising the minimum wage. They’ve said no to fair pay. Some of them have denied that there’s even a problem, despite the fact that women are getting paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is getting paid.

They’ve said no to extending unemployment insurance for more than three million Americans who are out there looking every single day for a new job, despite the fact that we know it would be good not just for those families who are working hard to try to get back on their feet, but for the economy as a whole. Rather than invest in working families getting ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.


THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo, by the way. I want you to vote. (Laughter and applause.) I mean, over and over again, they show that they’ll do anything to keep in place systems that really help folks at the top but don’t help you. And they don’t seem to mind. And their obstruction is keeping a system that is rigged against families like Ben’s and Rebekah’s.

Now, I’m not saying these are all bad people; they’re not. When I’m sitting there just talking to them about family, we get along just fine. Many of them will acknowledge when I talk to them — yes, I know, I wish we could do something more, but I can’t — but they can’t be too friendly towards me because they’d be run out of town by the tea party. (Laughter.)

But sometimes I get a sense they just don’t know what most folks are going through. They keep on offering a theory of the economy that time and again failed for the middle class. They think we should give more tax breaks to those at the top. They think we should invest less in things like education. They think we should let big banks, and credit card companies, and polluters, and insurers do only whatever is best for their bottom line without any responsibility to anybody else. They want to drastically reduce or get rid of the safety net for people trying to work their way into the middle class.

And if we did all these things, they think the economy will thrive and jobs will prosper, and everything will trickle down.

And just because they believe it, it doesn’t mean the rest of us should be believing it — because we’ve tried what they’re peddling, and it doesn’t work. We know from our history that our economy does not grow from the top down, it grows from the middle out. We do better when the middle class does better. We do better when workers are getting a decent salary. We do better when they’ve got decent benefits. (Applause.) We do better when a young family knows that they can get ahead. And we do better when people who are working hard know that they can count on decent childcare at an affordable cost, and that if they get sick they’re not going to lose their homes.

Yesterday the bear was on the loose at an ice cream shop and today he’s getting real with the truth. Republicans are out of touch with what real people are going through. Indeed, it’s fair to say that most politicians are out of touch with what real people are going through. They believe that talking about the poor and middle class is simply something they have to do to get elected. That’s why it’s imperative for voters to look at a politician’s record.

For example, currently the Republican Speaker of the House is aiming to sue President Obama for taking action to help the workers and citizens of this country after Congress failed to act.

Republicans have rejected all jobs bills, instead clinging to the Keystone Pipeline as a “jobs bill” — when in fact it is just more corporate giveaways instead of an investment in this country. Look at their records to see if it matches with their rhetoric.

No matter the party, they should be for raising the minimum wage, be for extending unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed, for fair pay for women, not be cutting aid to children and the elderly in tough times, want to address climate change, not be advocating for more war when the VA is underfunded and they refuse to fund it, and in general should be putting people ahead of corporations. These used to be bipartisan ideas. If they are not anymore, Republicans need to admit that they are no longer for the working man and woman, against children and the elderly, against our veterans when they get home, and against reality regarding climate change.

President Obama is fired up and taking aim. Wise Republicans (?) would recall what happened to Obama’s past opponents before stepping in more mud. But we all know this GOP is not wise at all.

Image: White House photographer Pete Souza

34 Replies to “Obama Gets Blunt: The Problem is Republicans and Their Failed Trickle Down Fantasies”

  1. Obama is at his best when he drops the “politician” side of himself and just gets real. I love to hear him when he rolls up his shirt sleeves and lets loose. People really relate to that too.

    While he’s out kicking it with people and cutting loose the repubs are mired in DC with conspiracy theories and lawsuits. If he reaches out all summer the people will turn out in November as if it is a presidential race.

  2. The big republicans have known that trickle down doesn’t work, all they’ve ever wanted to do is line their pockets.

  3. Thank you, Mr. President.. I hope people are paying attention this time. Cause they don’t this country is f*^% (excuse my french). GOTV 2014

  4. Although these things are pointed out by the President, the hard nosed, cold-hearted, I don’t care about you Republicans will act as if they are out of tune, block their ears, and cover their eyes and continue to do NOTHING, until the rug is pulled from under their feet. And the broom has swept them off the bus.
    Let’s see who will be laughing better at the end. Hint: Not those heartless, crude Republicans.

  5. If trickling down is working so great, then why are we that are in the middle and on the buttom suffering in some many areas when it comes to the quality of living? It has always been about the rich getting richer on the backs of the poor! And you can look at that in more than one way!

  6. If trickling down is working so great, then why are we that are in the middle and on the buttom suffering in some many areas when it comes to the quality of life? It has always been about the rich getting richer on the backs of the poor! And you can look at that in more than one way!

  7. The gop and the tea bags should look at Putin. Not long ago they all were learning the Russian pledge of allegiance in honor of their lord Van Putin. Now Putin is getting kicked out if the Ukraine and the Ukrainians have now signed with the UE.

    The gop, next to the open carry morons, are the dumbest people on earth

  8. We Americans MUST vote for sanity this year. The nutjobs must be voted out !
    They are against everything which will help most Americans, but are for helping the super-rich and Corporations.
    Make sure your voter ID is correct, and help others get the proper credentials.

  9. It’s time for some “Trickle Up Economics”…

    That’s where the people at the top and corporations pay there workers a living wage or maybe a $15.00 minimum wage…

    and the workers will sure as hell put the majority of that income right back into the economy…

    Thereby creating a “Trickle Up” effect where the money come right back to the folks at the top.

    Truly a win win situation !!

  10. Republicans are running from their record – a record that has and does more to harm America and its people than to help them. Trying to blame their anti-American record on Pres. Obama didn’t work in 2012 and it won’t work in 2014. So long Boehner and McConnell – your own prejudice, racist, bigoted, and hatred for America’s first black president will not be rewarddd on Nov. 4th, 2014!

  11. The economy is kept running by consumption.

    If the middle class is continuously made poorer then the businesses of the rich will not perform well.

    An affluent middle class will make the businesses of the rich more successful.

    It is not Trickle Down but quite the opposite.

  12. “If he reaches out all summer the people will turn out in November as if it is a presidential race.”
    That is a real plan.
    I would bet on PBO.
    I look forward to seeing the dumbstruck faces of turdblossum and his cohorts as they are presented with defeat on election night.

  13. Trickle down didn’t fail. It did exactly what it was suppose to do enrich the 1% at the expense of everyone else. Republicans were able to peddle this nonsense because their base is more concerned with social conservative issues as opposed to economic ones. Preaching the gospel of God, guns, bigotry, & racism has allowed them to inflict their policies on the nation.

  14. “The pitchforks ARE coming” – A billionaire warns his fellow Oligarchs what is coming down the pipe

    I see pitchforks.

    At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

  15. Mr. President,

    Thank you for stating the truth! And while I realize some demand you be “polite about how you say things,” I am telling you Sir, THIS is who I elected! It matters little what you say to them Sir, because no matter what, they will find fault; so do us all a favor and shear the sheep!

    After all the crud they have pulled on you Sir, I believe you deserve it, and in addition, this next election depends on it!

  16. Unfortunately, there are more than enough heartless and crude Republican voters to keep those heartless and crude Republicans in power in the very government they say they hate.

  17. What baffles me is, why doesn’t President Obama just come out and say, “If you want immigration reform, extended unemployment benefits, climate change regulations, get back our public-sector jobs, pass a new and improved Voting Rights Act, and strengthen women’s reproductive rights – vote Democratic Party and give me a Congress that will work with me.”

    Why doesn’t he just come out and say that? Is he, constitutionally, prohibited from asking to get out the vote for the Democratic Party? It just stumps me why he doesn’t come out and “ask for the sale”?

  18. I agree, but am really waiting for the first Democrat or anyone to use the “M” word.. Monopolies. Since Reaganomics it has been in fashion the cut regulations. Well now we have a buddy system between high finance a a group of Mega-Corps that want to run the world. So I would like to see this addressed. America needs to broaden and diversify its Tax Base.
    The End :)

  19. Trickle down, Voodoo, supply side, it is
    the work and philosophy of Milton Friedman, it is a systematic looting of the lower classes funneling wealth to the top. It was tested in south America before being inflicted upon us. They knew and know EXACTLY what they were and are doing.

  20. Keep speaking out because it’s the truth and that is what riles them the most. They just about combust when they get near it. Liars are liars. They never tell the truth so keep pounding it in that they are against every principle that will help the poor and middle class. Playing nice doesn’t count with them. Bring the hammer down on these born again liars and Carleton’s.

  21. Dick Cheney said, “Pi$$ on ’em!” And, Ronald Reagan replied, “That’s a Great Idea. Let’s Call it ‘Trickle Down Economics!”

  22. Actually, trickle down predates Reagan. What do you think caused the stock market crash and resultant Great Depression?

  23. Looks like he was caught up in a smear campaign, sneaking into a Retirement home to take pictures of an opponent’s wife.

    It got out, he was publicly shamed, lost contracts, and killed himself.

    Pity he decided winning was worth getting dirty.

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