Obama Hammers Republican Cowards Who Refuse To Lay Out Their Ideas


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President Obama drilled Republicans during his speech at Northwestern for lacking the courage to lay out their real ideas to the American people.



The president said,

I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them. This isn’t a political speech, and I’m not going to tell you who to vote for – even though I suppose it is kind of implied.

But I have laid out my ideas to create more jobs and grow more wages. A true opposition party should have the courage to lay out theirs. There’s a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits – because they’re now manageable. There’s a reason fewer are running against Obamacare – because while good, affordable health care might still be a fanged threat to freedom on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real world.

But when push came to shove this year, and Republicans in Congress actually had to take a stand on policies that would help the middle class and working Americans – raising the minimum wage, enacting fair pay, refinancing student loans, extending insurance for the unemployed – the answer was “no.” One thing they did vote “yes” on was another massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. In fact, just last month, at least one top Republican in Congress said that tax cuts for those at the top are – and I quote – “even more pressing now” than they were 30 years ago. When nearly all the gains of the recovery have gone to the top 1%, I find that a little hard to swallow. If there were any credibility to the argument that says when those at the top do well, eventually everyone else will do well, it would have borne itself out by now.

America’s economic greatness has never trickled from the top down – it grows from a rising, thriving middle class. Those are the two starkly different visions for this country. And I believe, with every bone in my body, that there’s one distinct choice.

This is the kind of speech that the president’s supporters and Democrats have been waiting for. Obama came with the facts, and he used his bully pulpit to draw attention to the big picture. Republicans won’t tell the American people what their ideas are. The GOP refuses to discuss their agenda in detail with the American people.

It is easy to understand why they won’t talk about it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why Republicans hide their intentions from the American people. The Republican agenda is very unpopular. When Republicans carryout their Koch funded agenda of lowering taxes on the wealthy, cutting social programs that are cherished, and telling the American people that they are on their own, voters react negatively.

The majority of Americans disagree with the Republican agenda. This is why they have to hide the fact that Republicans want to take away health care from millions of Americans. Republicans have to disguise tax cuts and dangerous regulatory rollbacks as job creation. Republicans have to hide what they are up to because if people knew the truth, Republicans would lose.

A real opposition party doesn’t hide their intentions behind focus group tested talking points. A party with integrity runs on their ideas. The Republican Party has no spine. It is a jellyfish that’s for sale to the biggest billionaire contributors. President Obama called out Republicans for their lack of courage and in the process gave the Democrats the leadership that they need from their president.

The 2014 election isn’t about Obama, but the president is about to let Republicans leave voters in the dark the GOP’s intentions.

23 Replies to “Obama Hammers Republican Cowards Who Refuse To Lay Out Their Ideas”

  1. Doesn’t surprise me of the Republicans, when all you have to sell is a sack of shit it leaves you some what lacking.

  2. Oh! I think the rethugs have a layout, just don’t want the public to know about it until it’s too late. Like after the take over of the House and Senate. So they dream…..

  3. Good for President Obama! Tell Americans what the GOPT truly is.

    They will not lay out their “plans” because if they did, nobody would vote for them. Their plan is to extinguish the middle class and poor to die in the streets, poor, ill with no medical care, while they reap the benefits of the 1% oligarchy machine. Why do you think some GOP have not put their Party Name on some advertisements?

    They are big bullies when it comes to having dirty money behind them; when it comes to intelligence and responsibility, or truthfulness, they get a big fat F-.

  4. I have said it before and I will say it again. The Dems must campaign AGAINST Kochs. Linking the Dem opponent as one of the tentacles of the Octopus. They need to SPOON FEED each and every issue that the Kochs want to ruin the middle class and poor. Never mind being the nice guy, Bash the living shit out of Koch in commercials, campaign speeches, connecting Ryan, Scott, Walker, McConnell, etc., etc..directly to the Koch machine. Until Dems start doing this, it will not have an impact.

    I am totally disgusted that after all the damage the GOP has done, that senate races are in ties. That is UNACCEPTABLE.

  5. I notice one ‘dislike’ in each of the comments (as of this posting). Would the person care to list what the GOP plans/policies are?


  6. ” Why do you think some GOP have not put their Party Name on some advertisements?”

    I’ve noticed that as well. They give it away though if you read the part where they say they will stop Washington’s “out of control spending”. That’s a dead give away. Yeah, like we need more austerity. It did Europe loads of good. NOT!

  7. Paul it’s who they are! Cowards to the end. They come here and complain about us “mean Dems. and Liberals” with comments that are mean, hateful, lacking in facts and are horrified that we don’t buy it.

  8. Conservatives are cowards of society. I’m not sure what anybody sees in Republicans these days.

    What the moronic conservatives have done on the Supreme Court demonstrates what direction Republicans want to take our country, and it leads to a terrible place. Republicans want to allow more corporate spending on our elections. Republicans also desire to degrade the right to vote for millions of citizens. Republicans want to allow religious organizations to make medical decisions for women. Republicans take the concept of sell-out to a whole new level. Republicans cling to their pride like they cling to the misinformation that drives their heartless votes.

    When I say Conservative and Republican voters are heartless, I mean it with absolute conviction. They are unwilling to take any responsibility for anything, The sellout US media landscape lets them thrive though all their failures, because selling out is the American way and it’s a pay to play industry.

    I won’t be dissuade…

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  10. There is nothing republican, that is American any longer. The GOP is the terrorist organization that is against the revitalization of the U.S. economy and its people for purely political party gain. The republicans would rather burn this country to ashes and then point the finger at the leaders of the reconstruction of the GOP destruction of America and say ” its their fault, they made us destroy America to keep it from prospering under Democrat leadership”. I repeat, there is nothing republican that is American any longer. The GOP is Americas greatest enemy to date.

  11. this is just false. over 300 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk waiting to be acted upon. 98 percent of those passed the house with bipartisan support. 50 PERCENT OF THEM PASSED UNANIMOUSLY and 70 percent of them with more than 66% support.

    55 of those bills were introduced by democrats.

    Harry Reid is the real obstructionist, not only without courage to come up with something, but also without the courage to allow things proposed BY HIS OWN PARTY to come up for a vote, let alone the things that Republicans introduce. Repubs DO offer ideas. And they are flat out rejected because Democrats can’t let a good conservative idea get out, lest Repubs start to look competent. So Harry and his band of fools obstruct and reject for their own power and money to the detriment of the nation.

  12. I think you had better provide some links for youtr info.

    Most of those bills are tax breaks to corporations, tax increases on workers, dropping environmental laws, and none of them benefit Americans

  13. As opposed to John Boehner and his imaginary “Hastert (majority of the majority) Rule”. How many house bills have never been allowed to come to the floor?

  14. What “facts” have the illustrious captain of industry Obama weighed in with, no doubt citing his vast experience running profitable companies and managing a workforce in the competition of the free markets where we all have choices? Please elucidate….anyone?

  15. The only fact your hating ass needs to know is this
    •The unemployment rate has fallen from a high of 10% during the downturn to 5.9% last month.
    •The federal deficit has fallen at the fastest rate since the period following World War II, falling from 9.8% of GDP in FY 2009 (Bush’s last budget) to 2.8% in FY 2014.
    •Since the President’s re-election, long term unemployment has fallen an average of over 20% per year.
    •10.3 million new private sector jobs since the beginning of the recovery, and the longest stretch of private sector job creation on record.
    Now run long child. You do not get to sit at the grown up table

  16. Running a profitable company is *not* the skill set required to govern a vast country.

    In a for-profit company, the bottom line and investor return is all that matters.

    A government is supposed to act for the good of its citizens. There is a vast difference.

    You need to educate yourself on the difference between running a company and governing a country.

    Also, we do not have anything resembling a “free” market. We have a corporate welfare system. Take away the tax breaks and subsidies and let’s see how well your “captains of industry” do. They would be failures.

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